Tips for Creating a Low Maintenance Garden
No matter how large or small your garden may be, finding the time to maintain it is almost impossible when you lead a busy life. If you’re struggling to keep up with the weeding and plant-watering, we’ve put together a guide to low maintenance garden design, so next time you revamp your outdoor space, you’ll be able to implement some of these tips.
Getting Rid of Grass
If you’d rather spend your time relaxing in the garden than walking up and down with a lawnmower every couple of weeks, then consider getting rid of your grass. Paving stones and gravel make for a low maintenance garden, and when your outdoor space is littered with green plants and blooming flowers, it’ll look just as pretty as it would if you had a perfectly manicured lawn. If you’re not quite ready to get rid of the green, you could always reduce the amount of grass in your garden by fitting a decked seating area. Go for plastic decking from somewhere like Dura Composites if you want to avoid power-washing once a year.
Plants can be hard work, so if you want your garden to be low maintenance, choosing the right ones is crucial. Perennials are a group of plants that live for two or more years, and include the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s Plant of the Year from 2012 – the pink and white flowered Foxglove. So, next time you come to replant your flowerbeds, go for perennials and you’ll spend much more time enjoying your garden, rather than maintaining it.
Rather than hauling your garden furniture into the shed for fear of it rusting every time it rains, why not invest in something a little more durable? Stone garden furniture – like this garden bench – might take some initial effort to build, but after that, you won’t have to worry about weather damage. Buy some cushions you can simply take out into the garden with you on sunny days to make the seating area more comfortable; you’ll find it much easier than lifting heavy furniture in and out of storage.
So, if you’ve been finding your garden difficult to maintain, next time you’re having a bit of a re-vamp, try implementing some of these tips and see what a difference it makes. You’ll spend less time mowing the lawn and watering plants, and more time enjoying your outdoor space.